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Lower blood pressure guidelines could change your diagnosis and future

The majority of patients will be prescribed lifestyle changes.

Grand Traverse County, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) --The number of people in the United States with high blood pressure will likely rise, now that new guidelines for treating hypertension have been released. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology lowered the target for high blood pressure from 140 over 90 down to 130 over 80.

The new target blood pressure doesn't necessarily mean more medications will be prescribed to address those with higher pressures. Instead the majority of patients will be prescribed lifestyle changes such as weight loss, exercise and diet changes.

Dr. David Klee with Munson Family Practice Center sees the change as a positive move that may help some patients address an issue before it becomes a problem.

"People can focus on it and we can work on trying to control their risk factors so that they're not going to have the detrimental effects that blood pressure brings such as heart attacks and strokes," explains Dr. Klee.

The new guideline may mean that the number of Americans with high blood pressure will rise from about a third of the country's adults to nearly half.

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